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Last year’s Halloween was a day that shocked and hurt Korea and other countries. This is because 156 people died at a Halloween festivity in Itaewon, Seoul. A large crowd gathered in a narrow and inclined alley, resulting in an additional 195 injuries. Since then, two people who were receiving hospital treatment also died, and a teenage male student who left his friends and survived alone committed suicide. As a result, the total number of deaths came to 159.
 
Currently, the most central theme all over the world is by far Israel-Gaza War. Israel-Gaza War began on Oct. 7 with a surprise attack by Hamas and continues to this day. The war is not only an issue within the Middle East, but it affects the whole world. Many countries, including Europe and Latin America, are indicating their stances towards the war. This article introduces the war and the stances of various countries towards it.
 
According to a survey conducted by the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea in 2021, 70.3% of participants had seen or heard hate speech online and offline over the past year. This is a whopping 6.1% increase from 64.2% in 2019. It has clearly become easier to encounter hatred in everyday life.
 
Last Oct., the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) under the U.S. Department of Commerce announced a rule to stop exports of semiconductor chips to China. The U.S. has blocked exports to China since the previous Trump administration in the name of protecting national security and diplomatic policy interests. BIS’s rule aims to restrict China’s utilization of its semiconductor manufacturing capabilities by controlling the acquisition of advanced computing chips, the development and maintenance of supercomputers, and advanced semiconductors.
 
On July 18, a teacher at Seoul Seo2 Elementary School committed suicide in the school. After it was confirmed that there were malicious complaints from parents and difficulties in guiding students, teachers from all over the country held protests for five weeks straight chanting “Guarantee teachers right to live!” Voices for the protection of teachers rights have grown in response to the normalization of educational sites and the desperation not to lose another fellow teacher.
 
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced that this July has been recorded as the hottest month in Earth’s history. According to the WMO, on July 7, the average planetary temperature reached 17.24 ℃, marking it the highest temperature ever recorded in history. As the extreme heat wave persists in southern Europe, it caused a large number of wildfires, causing Greek residents to evacuate. Europe is not the only region suffering severe damage from abnormal climate. In the U.S., 40% of Americans, which is over 150 million people, constantly receive heat wave warnings.
 
The Japanese government has made its intention known to discharge the radioactive contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant, sparking a lot of controversy. On March 11, 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan caused a radioactive leak at a nuclear power plant in Fukushima. After the accident, Japan built an underground water barrier to prevent groundwater from passing through the contaminated nuclear power plant and flowing into the sea.
 
On April 14, “Noonoo TV,” which is a website that provides an illegal video streaming service, was closed down. However, if users search Noonoo TV on Google, there are still many other similar illegal websites. Websites that unlawfully share copyrighted contents have always existed, but it is hard to find one as widely known as Noonoo TV. In this article readers will explore the problems of illegally sharing websites, countermeasures, and the desired ethical awareness of copyright that people should have.
 
On March 27(local time), large-scale protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul took place in major cities including Tel Aviv, Israel. Hundreds of thousands of people participated, demanding the abolition of the judicial overhaul. The 12-week-long mass protest intensified after the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, the first government official who publicly called for a freeze on the legislation of the proposal. Israeli citizens who participated in the protest strongly opposed Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul, saying that it seriously undermines democracy and is an insult to the democratic principles upheld since the country’s founding.
 
This year, abnormally high temperatures have been measured all around the world causing concern. According to the BBC, a number of countries in Europe encountered the warmest January on record this year. It was reported by the BBC that the temperature in January, which stayed around 8ºC on average, rose from at least 10ºC up to 20ºC.
 
The Heuksan Airport project began in 2009 during the Lee Myung-bak government, when Sinan-gun promoted a feasibility study service, saying it would build an airfield, dedicated to small aircraft, on Heuksan Island. However, the area around the airport’s planned site was found to be a resting spot for migratory birds which led to fierce opposition from environmental groups. As such, Heuksan Island was considered to have a high preservation value, so it was incorporated into Dadohae Haesang Korea National Park.
 
In the early morning of Oct. 15 this year, an employee in her twenties got caught in a machine and died at a bakery factory. This incident occurred at an SPC affiliate in Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi-do. During the investigation of SPC industrial accidents by the police and the Ministry of Employment and Labor, the poor industrial environment of SPC was revealed. It was especially serious because of the 12-hour shifts, in groups of two work rule that was not followed, and the lack of safety devices.
 
Are readers aware of the wildlife population being decreasing nationally? The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) recently published the Living Planet Report 2022. In this publication, they announced the wildlife population has declined 69% over the last 50 years. Let’s check out why this wildlife population decline is important, and how it is connected with us.
 
Extravagant consumption trends like YOLO (;You only live once) or Flex (; showing off luxuries and wealth) had been popular in the media a few years ago. However, in contrast to those trends, saving trends like the non-consumption challenge is under the spotlight in the media lately. The non-consumption challenge is a kind of extreme saving trend, which literally means the challenge to live a few days or weeks without any consumption. People who jump into this challenge manage to minimize their consumption in various ways like riding a bike to work or getting coupons by using mobile rewarding applications.
 
On July 19, the government reported a plan to train semiconductor specialists at a Cabinet meeting presided over by the president. The plan is to train Korean professionals to narrow the gap in semiconductor technology, which is arguably the core of future industries and national security assets. In addition, the government sets out to eliminate the shortage of semiconductor companies and establish a virtuous cycle of human resource development and industrial growth.
 
In early August of this year, a severe drought brought the depth of Lake Mead to its lowest level. Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States and the lifeline of the agricultural southwest. Due to the climate crises accompanied by drought and flood, grain production in countries that export major grains such as wheat, rice, and maize has decreased by 6-7%. Now that the climate crisis is leading to a decline in food, what can we do? Nam Jae-jak, a climate change expert who authored the book , said, “1.3 billion tons of food, or one-third of all food produced by humans, is wasted every year.
 
As Russian invasion of Ukraine has become a black hole attracting the attention of the international community, proper discussion of other issues requiring international intercession is delayed and neglected. In the Global section, a CBT reporter would like to share the current news of Myanmar, which has become a crime scene against humanity, starting with the actions of the military junta in February 2021. That is when the Myanmar military junta launched a coup d’état, claiming fraudulent elections after the National League for Democracy (NLD) won more than half of the seats in the general election.
 
The MBN entertainment program High School Mom&Father was aired in March 2022, and it deals with the reality of pregnancy, childbirth, and childcare of high school students. This program shows the challenges faced by teenagers who become unmarried parents. It is a big controversy that is obviously too sensitive to deal with as an entertainment, but some say that this has made it clear why minors should not conceive and give birth.
 
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a special military operation, and Russia invaded Ukraine. This incursion has been unexpectedly prolonged, with numerous casualties and refugees, and it is fair to say that Ukrainians have suffered beyond imagination. In addition, it is affecting the whole world in terms of its economy, culture, transportation, etc.
 
This is what a CBT reporter recently heard from one of the people in the crowds on a spring day when cherry blossoms were in full bloom. In fact, it was hard to find any of the honeybees that should have started working early to mid-March when the forsythias began to bloom. At the same time, mainline news started reporting that, starting from Jeju island and the Southern States, honeybees had suddenly disappeared, and could easily be found fallen dead! Insects like bees or butterflies can sense even the weakest of signals of any kinds of natural disasters.
 
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